Pastor Ryan Eikenbary
I am thrilled to be the pastor here at Zion Lutheran Church of Stockton! I am a northern California native and love to live and serve God in this wonderfully diverse area. I am a life long-student and after starting college in a music conservatory studying to be an Opera singer, I felt the call of God and transferred to The Masters University in Southern California, to earn a BA in Biblical Studies. My post-graduate studies include an MA in Church History from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, and an MDiv from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. Both of my graduate schools are part of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA which is an ecumenical consortium of eight denominational institutions that share resources to train leaders for the life of ministry and scholarship. My thesis for my MA in Church History is titled “And God Spoke in England: Puritan Iconoclasm and the Creation of the Verbal Icon”.
I am passionate about worship of our great God, living the gospel, and helping to form people in the Christian faith. Prior to attending seminary I worked as a college administrator at UC Davis. Post seminary I worked both as a church administrator and as a nursing home chaplain until receiving my first call at Zion in October of 2016. As a pastor I thoroughly enjoy preaching and creating Bible study classes that enrich the life of faith of our congregation.
When I am not at church I enjoy an active and healthy lifestyle. I spend many hours reading, cooking, and working in our garden. My favorite forms of exercise include running and swimming. Additionally, i’ve taught ethics courses at the University of the Pacific here in Stockton. I have been married since 2012 and my spouse is a school administrator. In 2016 we adopted our elementary-aged son after having him live with us as a foster child for a year. I love spending time with my family, especially when we get to travel.
Zion is a wonderful community of people committed to sharing the light of Jesus Christ. Regardless of your past or your present, this church will welcome you with open arms. I hope you’ll join us.